This is somewhat about computers and a comment on generational differences, so I’ll sneak it in here under the guise of computer-related stuff for genealogists.
The college administrator is 21 years younger than I am and I get a real charge out of her boundless energy. She goes all day, like Tarzan through the trees, swinging from one project to another and one person to the next, smiling the entire time. She has a mind like a giant filing cabinet. She remembers everything that gets said, even if it was months ago. Ten minutes after we met she was already finishing my sentences because my speech was too slow for her all-encompassing perception. I hope they’re paying her a gazillion dollars an hour because she’s truly amazing.
But … she can’t spell. And she doesn’t pay much attention to English grammar. When she gets on a keyboard, there’s no such thing as paragraph spacing. Oftentimes there’s no punctuation. There are no spaces after commas. Sometimes there are no periods at the end of sentences. Sometimes there are no sentences.
Several months after I secretly added proof-reading to my list of jobs, she said, “Well, what do you expect? I’m from the texting generation.”
AHA! I really do have this job until the day I die. So I took it a step further and subscribed to everywhere she might post something online. That way I get email notifications and can sneak over there real quick and fix everything before too many other people see it.
And then today it suddenly occurred to me. I’ve received perfectly legible writing from my nieces and nephews who are the same age. Maybe texters back East are different from texters out West? Is it generational or is she just having me on?
I hope it’s not generational because if we think deciphering handwritten text from bygone eras is hard, just wait another hundred years until this woman is some-one’s great great-grandmother and they’re trying to figure out what she meant by vdfFylly,27J;!!d akKf dey” a